As you may be aware The OR Society launched its O.R. Pro Bono initiative for UK based third sector organisations in September 2013. The society wants more organisations to benefit from operational research and recognises that third sector organisations have an even greater need to be more efficient.
The success of the scheme has outweighed our expectations. In the first year we completed 7 projects, are currently working on 14 others and have more than 10 that are at the initial scoping stage. The response from both the organisations and the volunteers has been overwhelmingly positive, the difference Pro Bono O.R. has made to some of the organisations in such a short space of time has been significant. The volunteers have all provided 100% positive feedback having enjoyed the experience, learnt new skills, gained valuable experience working in another sector and made new connections.
The success of the scheme means we are now recruiting for more volunteers across the UK. Signing up as a volunteer requires no commitment. Volunteers receive emails about projects that require volunteers and then it is up to the volunteer whether to respond or not. Volunteering can be done in individuals own time or as part of a company volunteer days (or a mix). Projects can also be carried out by individuals, pairs or teams. Mentoring and quality assurance roles are also required.
For more information on the project please visit: http://www.theorsociety.com/Pages/Probono/Probono.aspx. To sing up to become a volunteer please take a few moments to complete the online volunteers details form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/108mRcs8gPayP9plm-4n5VTmcS9sXL47SO5x-QKZvdkQ/viewform?embedded=true
For any queries please contact me directly. Please pass this on to team members or anyone else in the O.R. profession who you think might be interested.
Thank you for your time and consideration.